|Is Apple About to Bundle the Google Webtop Into Every Mac?|
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With a big Apple (AAPL) developers' conference coming up next week, the guessing game is on as to what significant announcements, if any, Steve Jobs might make at it. One intriguing possibility has to do with fixing Apple's lackluster .Mac offerrings, the mail, storage, and other Web-based services it offers for $100 a year. Or rather, scrapping it altogether.
One prediction is that Apple is going to announce a deal to bundle in Google's Webtop products (gmail, Google Docs and Spreadsheets,Google Calendar, etc.) into upcoming Macs. At least that's what Fred Vogelstein thinks, based on recent hints from Eric Schmidt and Steve Jobs:
"We're a perfect back end to the problems that they're trying to solve," Schmidt told me. "They have very good judgment on user interface and people. But they don't have this supercomputer (that Google has), which is the data centers. What they have is a manufacturing business that's doing quite well."
Jobs' response to .Mac's whithered state? In response to a question last week he actually agreed, adding "stay tuned."
The question is whether Apple will be merely bundling in existing Google products which are already freely availble to any Mac or PC user, or whether Apple customers will get their own special flavor of Google apps.